Rochester Art & the Memorial Art Gallery

In honor of the Memorial Art Gallery's centennial, this timeline explores the stories of art & artists in the greater Rochester area from the first explorers and settlers to the present day. Given in trust to the University of Rochester, the Memorial Art Gallery is one of the few university-affiliated art museums in the country that also serve as community art museums. Why that happened, and how the Gallery became Rochester's fine art museum, is part of the history explored here.

This is the 1st in a series of timelines looking at Rochester art and the Memorial Art Gallery in celebration of the Galley's centennial in October 2013.

1766-01-01 01:00:00

Genesee Falls

Thomas Davies painted the first view of the Genesee Falls in 1766. The watercolor is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

1806-01-01 00:00:00

View Near the Upper Falls of the Genesee River

Daniel Wadsworth, Esq., (1771-1848), may have visited the Portage area on the Genesee River several times.

1811-01-01 00:00:00

Nathaniel Rochester Founds Rochesterville

This formal gentleman was the founder of Rochesterville, precursor to the city of Rochester, which was incorporated in 1834.

1820-01-01 00:00:00

Rochester's First Resident Artist

In 1820, Paul Hinds became Rochester's first resident artist. No work by this artist has yet been identified.

1823-01-01 00:00:00

Rochester's Aqueduct over the Erie Canal

The original Erie Canal aqueduct over the Genesee River in Rochester was completed in 1823.

1823-12-16 00:00:00

Horace Harding painting in Rochester

Portrait painter Horace Harding was reported in Rochester in December 1823.

1823-12-23 00:00:00

"Christ Rejected" Exhibited at Courthouse

In December 1823, William Dunlap's painting was exhibited in Rochester.

1826-01-01 00:00:00

Rochester's 1st Artist's Establishment

Originally based in Canandaigua, John Lee Douglas Mathies opened the first art gallery in Rochester around 1826.

1826-01-01 00:00:00

Artists Visiting Rochester

Even before the official opening of the Erie Canal, artists found their way to Rochester.

1827-01-01 00:00:00

The Village of Rochester

In 1827, Captain Basil Hall visited Rochester via the newly opened Erie Canal.

Rochester Art & the Memorial Art Gallery

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